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Friday 19 September 2014
The week in pictures

David Beckham, a Pedro Ximenez Sherry from 1914 and the “world’s first” pedal-powered cocktail shaker make for an eclectic round up of the week’s events.

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Wine Experience heads to London

Bettane and Desseauve’s London Wine Experience is to return to London’s Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea for the third year running next month.

Sotheby’s wine sale hits £1.6 million

Sotheby’s first London wine sale of the autumn season generated £1,674,810 ($2,729,940), hitting its pre-sale high estimate of £1.67 million.

Chapel Down smashes funding target

English wine and beer producer Chapel Down has smashed its original crowdfunding target by raising £2.9 million from investors in just 10 days.

How to pronounce tricky wine varieties

This hilarious video will keep you from stumbling over your umlauts and ensure that the silent letters stay just that.

Beer

Innis & Gunn breaks £10 million barrier

Scottish brewer Innis & Gunn has reported a record turnover of £10.5 million – up 15% on last year and breaking through the £10m mark for the first time.

Canadians drop booze restrictions

Trade barriers for wines and craft beers between two Canadian provinces are to be removed.

Top 10 beers in the world press

This week’s top 10 roundup features hop zealots, harvest-inspired ales and lagers designed to be enjoyed while sat on the couch.

AB InBev ‘concerned’ over Ray Rice case

One of the NFL’s biggest sponsors AB InBev has announced it is “concerned” with the way a high-profile domestic abuse case was handled.

Does wine brand loyalty exist?

Reacting to Sir John Hegarty’s cutting critique of the wine trade published yesterday, David Boyer points out the “potential flaws” in his marketing proposal.

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Taiwan: Rice paddy vines and dragon fruit

Welcome to Taiwan, a beautiful island of 35,961 square kilometres to the South East of China where there are as many scooters as there are people. by Jean-Baptiste Ancelot

Why is Anheuser-Busch celebrating failure?

There's an old story about August Busch III that says a lot about leadership. by Dan Fox

Fine wine vs the Hamptons rosé crisis

The series examines how those holidaying in the Hamptons this weekend can beat the great rosé drought in style. by Rupert Millar
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WHISK(E)Y

Man pays $64k for shot of Macallan whisky

An entrepreneur bought a $64,000 shot of Macallan 64 Year Old single-malt whisky in support of a Korean based charity.

Scotch trade warned of independence risks

Rabobank has issued a stark warning to Scotch whisky makers highlighting the negative impact independence could have on the industry.

Depardieu: ‘I drink 14 bottles of wine a day’

French actor Gerard Depardieu has admitted he drinks up to 14 bottles of wine a day, often starts drinking before 10am and once killed two lions.

Diageo sued over ‘whisky fungus’

Drinks giant Diageo is being sued by hundreds of residents who claim their homes have been blighted by a ‘whisky black’ mould.

Our Top 10's

Top 10 drinks myths

From beer bellies to beer goggles, db goes myth-busting with a look at the top tall tales associated with alcohol.

Top 10 wines in the US press

Rock band Train’s new Sauvignon Blanc is given a test drive by Silfven while McIntyre highlights a “pioneering” Californian “Côtes-du-Rhône”.

Top 10 classic cocktail tales

Some cocktails are as familiar as a well worn stool at your favourite bar. But how did these classic serves come to be part of the fabric of the drinks industry?

The six types of bartender

Bartending is much like the French Foreign Legion: both challenging lifestyles, attracting a disparate and, let’s face it, occasionally shady, bunch of characters.

Top 10 most haunted US bars

Pull up a stool at some of these US bars and you might be sharing your gin and tonic with more than a few otherworldly entities.

Top 10 wines in the UK press

A selection of “easy-going” Australian reds to challenge the country’s “big and burly” reputation and a bargain Spanish red are among this week’s recommendations.

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Fine Wine

Last Drop Scotch whisky plays on rarity

If collectors, investors and well-healed drinkers are looking beyond Bordeaux, one category benefiting is rare Scotch, and not just single malt.

Sotheby’s HK shop to draw in new buyers

Sotheby’s hopes that it’s new shop at its headquarters in Pacific Place will draw in clients who do not currently buy wine at its auctions.

C&B Asia appoints new general manager

Corney & Barrow has appointed a new general manager for its Asian operations as well as a new marketing manager and new additions to the sales team.

Liv-Ex forecasts clearer skies ahead

With trading levels returning to normal after the summer break Liv-Ex sees reasons to be cheerful.

Champagne

Prosecco out-marketing Champagne

One of Champagne’s most established producers has warned that if the region doesn’t get its act together it could soon fall behind Prosecco.

France 2014: the unpredictable vintage

The run up to the 2014 vintage in France has been nothing if not erratic but, as the harvest kicks off in earnest, it may turn out alright.

Sparkling wine buoys UK drinks market

Sparkling wine was the only alcoholic drinks category to enjoy double-digit growth in the UK in the last 12 months according to a report released today.

Gin set to top Christmas wishlist

Party classics like Champagne are forecast to play second fiddle to spirits this Christmas – most especially gin, according to UK market research.

Brewery launches ‘Champagne beer’

A British brewing company has launched what it describes as a “Champagne-style” sparkling beer.